I do feel like the conversation is moving towards something more palatable for white people. I also agree that the phrase “white privilege” is often used interchangeably for “white supremacy.” I feel like the twins sisters of white supremacy and anti-blackness are at the root of all of these words. I think that people also use the word racism in a similar fashion... as a way to avoid having conversations. I have specifically seen people shrug off things because they are part of “systemic racism,” So as I’m writing this I’m starting to see that my take away is people will co-opt any productive language in order to avoid meaningful self-examination.
Harvard professor Derrick Bell writes about the concept of hypervalidation--How a Black person’s criticism of another Black person is automatically seen as super valid by white people because it allows them to jump on the criticism bandwagon without being perceived as racist. I almost didn’t post my first comment because I didn’t want it to be received in that way. I think you’re right, we have a difference in semantics but are basically saying the same thing.
Thank you for being willing to engage in critical conversation across different perspectives.